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Great books with bad movie adaptations
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If there's another thread like this, let me know.

A few days ago, I finished reading Battle Royale and simply loved it. The plot was fantastic, the atmosphere was amazing, the characterization was incredible, the pacing was just right, and it did a wonderful job of evoking emotion. Over all, every aspect of it was done well. I do believe it to be one of the best novels I have read. That said, I was happy to see that it's movie adaptation was on Netflix, and hoped it could at least do a mediocre job of replicating the feel of the book. My hope was misplaced at best. The movie stripped out everything of substance, or really, anything that wasn't fighting. They changed things for no reason, and removed all the best parts of the story. I couldn't even comprehend how bad it was. Words can't express how disappointed in the movie I am. I guess I can't really say I'm surprised, but I honestly can't even understand how it's possible to make such a horrible adaptation.

So my question to you is, what other great books have you read that have horrible movie adaptations, and how did you feel watching it's terrible movie equivalent?
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Inkheart comes to mind. The movie adaptation was horrendous.
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I only saw the first one, but the Percy Jackson and the Olympian movie adaption was terrible, nothing like the book.
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Ella Enchanted

The Count of Monte Cristo. Geez...

every single Dracula & Frankenstein adaptation is so unlike the books. fun fact: Frankenstein is the name of the doctor who created the monster, not the name of the monster itself.

Journey to the Center of the Earth. like what even. actually idk if any of Jules Verne's novels have had good movies, but i haven't seen all of them so i can't really say.

King Solomon's Mines

Gilgamesh that was a riot.
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Mortal Instruments. That movie was trash, but the books were gold.
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First that comes to mind is Eragon.

Wasn't even able to finish the movie it was so bad to me.
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OMG dont get me started on the Dragon ball movie
wow just terrible. i mean yea its cool that they did a live action but... all the characters are soo different from the anime and manga.

the host... the move was sooo cheesy and cliche

the book was better... but then again i read it when i was 14 so maybe it was cliche and cheesey but i may have not thought so at the time.
anyway the book was better.. i expected one of the love interest, Ivan(i think that was his name) to look much hotter than what they showed in the movie.

Flipped was a good movie... but

the actors do not look like what was depicted in the book, and the movie takes place in a different time era! the main guy Bryice wasnt suppose to be blonde and brown eyed he was suppose to have black hair and green or blue eyes.
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I might take a bit of flak from this, but that's ok.

IMO Harry Potter. Love the book series, didn't think I would. Then a friend told me to least try reading it. I did, and really liked them. Then thought I'd try the movies again, figured maybe i'd like them enough to watch them again. But no, I found myself nitpicking through the whole first movie.

I know that you can't fit a novel in a 2-3 hour long movie. But it's the little things, like the bus, IT moved to accommodate buildings, but if i recall it was the opposite in the books, buildings moved away for the bus. There was also something in Goblet of Fire that peeved me, but don't remember. There was lots of stuff in the first 3 movies though. :(

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Disclaimer: I'll only cover movies that I've seen and read the source materials, and those that haven't been mentioned.

Jurassic Park and The Lost World. Ridiculously different from Michael Crichton's novels. Don't get me wrong-- I like the movies; however, they are bad adaptations.

Timeline. Another Crichton novel that was brutalized. I don't even enjoy this one as a stand-alone.

The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Barely resemble Jack London's novels in many aspects, particularly White Fang.
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Sogno- wrote:
every single Dracula & Frankenstein adaptation is so unlike the books. fun fact: Frankenstein is the name of the doctor who created the monster, not the name of the monster itself.

Are you implying the books were better?

I read both, and let me tell you, I don't agree. For one thing, I kept falling asleep on Dracula. Secondly, Dr.Frankenstein just kept getting fevers like he was Japanese or something. Like, if he got splashed by water? 2 week fever. Oh no, he got a B in math? 2 week fever. Just annoying. And don't get the STARTED on the monster. He was just so awkwardly weird, and not in any relatable way. Both those books I found to be quite bad since I cannot honestly believe the way people used to act. I just refuse. They do stuff that makes ZERO sense. Here, I will give you an example of what I mean. I love Kurt Vonnegut, like Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, because they are fantasy settings. But when he gets into slice of life and such, it starts losing sense. The guy was born in the 1920's and his old books cannot relate to people nowadays (yea I know he's dead).

Aaaaaanyways, in regards to the Dracula and Frankenstein movies, at least they are somewhat enjoyable, especially now since we can all make light fun of the graphics and costume departments.
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All based on my opinion but -

Vampire Academy
Mortal Instruments
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- I disagree with one of the previous posters, I thought the rest of the movies were fantastic.
All the twilight movies- not to say the books were great, but they were better.
Catching fire - awaiting the hatred on that one
Can we talk about a great freaking adaption?
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I could think of is Twilight.
In my opinion, The Hunger Games both book and movie sucks.
Mortal Instruments.
Divergent.

Hmmm, can't think of anything else.
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DethAssass1n wrote:

I only saw the first one, but the Percy Jackson and the Olympian movie adaption was terrible, nothing like the book.


This. It was just AWFUL. Way too cheesie. It's a shame; I love Logan Lerman, and thought he'd make a great Percy. I guess he did, in a way, but that movie was just yuck.
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In my view the film adaptation of "Fahreinheit 451" was terrible. The first time watching it you could not understand the lead actor. I love the book, and highly recommend it, but I could not say the same thing about the movie.
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Posted 6/14/14
I think y'all are forgetting Earagon. Do you know how hard it was to not throw up throughout that movie?
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